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In The Spotlight With Danny Curran, Finders International

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Tell Us About Your Role In Your Business As the Founder and Managing Director, I deal mainly with policy, structure, media and financial matters. How Did The Business Start? I started working in the heir tracing business in 1990 and set up as a sole...

Why Do I Have To Get Probate?

Helen Dexter
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It is a common misconception that if you have a Will it is not necessary to obtain probate to your estate once you have died. Whether or not probate is needed depends upon the assets owned by the deceased at the time they died. A grant of probate (also...

When Do You Need A Notary Public?

Joanne  Cowie
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There are a relatively small number of Notaries Public in the north east of England. Throughout the country there are only about 900. Most unusually, in this firm we are very fortunate to have two Notaries. Myself and my colleague,  Annaliese Barber ...

Our Commercial Disputes Team Appoints A New Partner

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The commercial arm of the firm based in Wynyard has appointed an experienced solicitor to join its Commercial Disputes Team as a partner. Nigel Broadbent has worked in the area of commercial litigation for three decades, acting for a...

How Liquidator Investigations Can Induce Settlements In Tax Avoidance Cases

Michael Stevens
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With the release of the Paradise Papers , the spotlight has been shone on high profile abuses of tax legislation, where individuals have subverted the letter of the law to reduce their personal tax position, often in the sum of hundreds of thousands of...

Asbestos Victims Can Still Recover Damages Where Insurers Cannot Be Traced

Mark Ellis
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Victims of the fatal asbestos induced cancer, mesothelioma ,  who are unable to trace their employers or an employers liability insurer, are now able to apply for compensation packages worth on average £123,000 under the government legislation...

If You Engage Agency Workers You Should Read This!

Joan Casson
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IF YOU ENGAGE AGENCY WORKERS (OR ARE THINKING OF USING THEM) YOU SHOULD READ THIS! Those businesses engaging agency workers through an employment agency should know that agency workers who have been continuously engaged by them for 12 calendar weeks are...

What Happens If You Cheat In A Casino? Who Says It Is Dishonest?

John Ellwood
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The highest court in the land namely the Supreme Court has made a landmark decision on what many would regard as a strange set of circumstances.  Until relatively recently any form of gambling was according to the law an unlawful act and as a result...

Bradbury Services Incident - Pothole Causing Vehicle Damage and Personal Injury

Kay Ditcham
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The country has just experienced its second ‘Beast from the East’ leaving schools closed and people stranded on motorways.  Another effect of the cold weather has been an increase in the number of potholes appearing in the region’s...

The Recent Stock Market Correction: Why Did It Happen?

Peter Jackson
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As I have said on previous occasions to clients, corrections happen from time to time. Particularly in the US, the market had gone up in virtually a straight line since August 2017, rising 16% in just over four months. When this sort of rise happens and...

What Is Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS?)

Mark Ellis
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Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome often shortened to HAVS is an industrial injury that can cause severe pain and potentially long lasting damage to a person’s fingers and hands.  It used to be known as Vibration White Finger (VWF) owing to one of...

International Women's Day Blog By Our Managing Partner Carolyn Tilly

Carolyn Tilly
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With today being International Women’s Day and recent reports in the media suggesting that senior roles across the board are still dominated by men, I thought it an opportune moment to consider our firm and the roles that women play within it. ...

Clients Facing Uncertain Times Where Existing Solicitors Are Intervened By SRA

Mark Ellis
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We have seen over the last 6 – 12 months an increasing number of clients who have found that their acting solicitors have had their practice intervened by the SRA and have left their claim in a state of uncertainty. A number of instructions have been...

Death: How Far Can You Organise Your Own?

Martin  Brown
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No one could have failed to have been touched and saddened by the case of Noel Conway.    He is the motor neurone sufferer whose case is awaiting hearing by the High Court. He is seeking a declaration that section 2 of the Suicide Act 1961 is...

What Does Safeguarding The Elderly In Care Homes Mean?

Helen Elstob
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When elderly loved ones become unwell, whether that be because of mental health or physical concerns, families often have difficult and important decisions to make about future care .  Which care home will best suit their needs? Where will they be...

Medomsley Detention Centre & Kirklevington Detention Centre Abuse Claims

Nathalie Clayton
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Abuse can take many forms, whether it be physical, sexual or psychological. It can occur over a period of time or may even be a single incident. In some cases, the abuser is known to the individual suffering, possibly a family member or a friend, which is...

Cosmetic Surgery : What Happens When It Goes Wrong?

Kay Ditcham
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Cosmetic surgery is more popular than ever before, with many people paying for enhancements to their appearance. Lots of people opt for the less invasive Botox or filler injections, but in extreme cases people have had multiple surgeries in an effort to look...

A Personal Note From Our New Managing Partner, Carolyn Tilly

Carolyn Tilly
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Not too long ago I was reflecting on 2017 and now just like that we are looking forward to the first signs of Spring 2018.  2017 was a year of success and achievements for Tilly Bailey & Irvine and we are working hard on building on the foundations...

Tilly Bailey & Irvine Celebrates The Chinese Year Of The Dog

SherReene Cheah
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Saying Happy New Year The Chinese Way -          恭喜发财   ‘Gong Hey Fat Choy’ in Cantonese or ‘Gong Xi Fa Cai’ in Mandarin Chinese New Year is here. Celebrations...

Power of Attorney Refund Scheme - Are You Eligible To Claim?

Nicola Dalzell
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You may have heard the recent announcement that the Office of the Public Guardian (‘OPG’) is issuing partial refunds to those who have applied to register a Lasting or Enduring Power of Attorney in the past four years. If you have registered a...

Marketing For GDPR - The Key Points

Matthew Smith
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Since the GDPR was first drafted there has been much discussion (and no shortage of confusion) about how the new regulations would affect how businesses are permitted to market to their respective customer base. Hopefully those involved in marketing will...

The Key Concepts Of GDPR

Matthew Smith
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GDPR - The  Key Concepts Last September I wrote about 'An Introduction To GDPR' In this, my second article, I consider the core key concepts of the new GDPR legislation, of which all businesses should be aware prior to the...

Do I Need A Solicitor For A Chat Or Interview With The Police?

Stewart Haywood
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Historically, when investigating a crime, the police would arrest a suspect. This is quietly but quickly changing. Despite reported rises in crime, Home Office statistics indicate that arrest figures have dropped from 1.5 million in 2008 to 779,660 in...

How To Choose A Clinical Negligence Solicitor

John Hall
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As a result of recent changes in the law and in particular as a result of a clampdown by the Courts in relation to whiplash claims, a number of solicitors dealing with Personal Injury claims have started to advertise their services in relation to ...

New Appointments Strengthens Tilly Bailey & Irvine's Commercial Property Team

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2017 was a busy and exciting year for Tilly Bailey & Irvine Law Firm.  It celebrated 175 years in business, its continued success with further accolades in the 2017 Legal 500, being a finalist in the 2017 Northern Law Awards and the appointment of a...

The TBI Corporate Team Collaboration With Clive Owen Gets A Result For Ian Farmer Associates

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Partner, Craig Malarkey and solicitor, Michael Stevens both from our Corporate Team worked alongside Clive Owen LLP to advise the shareholders of Ian Farmers Associates in relation to the sale of the company to environmental consultancy RSK....

Stamp Duty Stamped Out For First Time Buyers!

Eve Wilderspin
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What Is Stamp Duty? SDLT (Stamp Duty Land Tax) is a tax charged by the government when a property is over a certain price band. The form itself is submitted in every single conveyancing agreement apart from those below £40,000 and is used by HMRC to...

Do You Have Nightmare Neighbours?

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The recent case of Dickinson & Anor v Cassillas 2017 provides a much needed reminder that the decisions and behaviour of the parties involved in a neighbour dispute are too often controlled by their feelings of animosity towards one another. This...

Tilly Bailey & Irvine Supports Age UK Teesside Wills Month Launch

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We recently supported Age UK Teesside in its first ever Wills month.   Tilly Bailey & Irvine law firm’s offices across Teesside supported Age UK Teesside by writing wills for free in lieu of a donation to the charity.  One...

In The Spotlight With Sharon Olivero-Chapman, The Stottie Company

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Tell Us About Your Role In The Business The Stottie Company is an award winning coffee shop and kitchen concept. The word ‘stottie’ is synonymous with North East food lore and I wanted this to be part of our story. My role is Managing...

What It Might Cost To Bring A Personal Injury Claim

Kay Ditcham
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Since the government abolished Legal Aid for personal injury claims in 2000 the vast majority of such claims have been brought under the terms of a Conditional Fee Agreement, more commonly referred to as a ‘No Win, No Fee Agreement’.  This...

What Steps To Take If You Are Involved In A Tripping Accident

Helen Elstob
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If you have suffered an injury due to tripping over a defect on a public road or pavement, you may be entitled to claim compensation from your local Council.  If the area is privately owned, a claim can be pursued against the owner and/or occupier...

What Is A Maintenance Pending Suit?

Shamin Ali
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I have had to deal with a number of these applications and thought it would be useful to explain what a Maintenance Pending Suit is and the purpose of such an application. This application falls under the Matrimonial Causes Act section 22 1973 and is made...

In The Spotlight With Gill Adams Every Child Campaign Manager At ARC

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ARC have recently introduced ‘A Theatre Trip for Every Child’, it is a charitable giving scheme that aims to give every five year old child in Stockton the chance to experience their first trip to the theatre. ‘A Theatre Trip for Every...

Historical Abuse: Will Their Past Come Back To Haunt Them?"

Nathalie Clayton
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Reports of historical sexual abuse claims are increasing and becoming ever more prominent in the press. From the Jimmy Saville scandal in 2012 to the more recent allegations involving a number of Premier League football clubs and American film producer,...

An Overview Of Global Economic Activity & Valuations

Peter Jackson
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For the first time in a while, we seem to have some degree of reasonable and synchronised growth in all geographic and sectors of the world economy. The US and Canada, continental Europe, Asia (including China, India and Japan) along with many emerging...

Gazumping & Gazundering - What Can Parties Do To Protect Themselves?

Sara Garnett
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There is no worse feeling than getting close to contracts being exchanged and one party withdrawing from the transaction leaving the other party without a buyer for their existing property or without the property they were planning on moving into. ...

What Is A Separated Parents Information Programme & Do I Need To Attend?

Catherine Hughes
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In the vast majority of family cases where the Family Court is asked to make decisions about arrangements for children because parents cannot agree, the parents will be directed to attend a Separated Parents Information Programme (SPIP). Under the...

Wrong Site Surgery & Other Never Events

Sylvia Taylor
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The NHS describes Never Events as ‘serious incidents that are entirely preventable as guidance, or safety recommendations providing strong systemic protective barriers, are available at a national level and should have been implemented by all...

In The Spotlight With Neil Schneider, Chief Executive Stockton-On-Tees Borough Council

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Tell Us About Your Role At Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council Very few people know what we as a council really do.  The council is actually the second largest employer in the area with over 3,000 employees. We provide over 140 different services which...

Acid Attacks On The Rise

SherReene Cheah
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There has been an increase in acid attacks reports in recent times.  According to the Daily Mail, crime statistics show there were more than 450 such incidents in London alone last year with the number of attacks in the capital more than doubling since...

Legal 500 2017 Success For Tilly Bailey & Irvine

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In the year that Tilly Bailey & Irvine is celebrating 175 years in business i t is also celebrating its success in the 2017 edition of the Legal 500 – a guide to the UK’s leading law firms. The firm has a first tier ranking for commercial...

Double Celebrations For Tilly Bailey & Irvine

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The official announcement of  the appointment of a new managing partner in the year that we are celebrating 175 years in business. Carolyn Tilly  has taken on the role of managing partner from 1 st October 2017 to replace John Hall who...

What Is The Difference Between A Lasting Power Of Attorney & An Enduring Power Of Attorney?

Joanne Tillotson
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Do I need to make a Lasting Power of Attorney if I already have an Enduring Power of Attorney in place?  Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPA’s) were created under the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and came into force on 1st October 2007. Prior to...

New Appointments At Tilly Bailey & Irvine

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We have recently appointed a family law expert to join our private client team based in our Wynyard office. This appointment coincides with two of our trainees qualifying as solicitors following their period of recognised training. ...

The New Pre Action Protocol For Debt Claims - Are You Ready?

Alison Leith
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Is your business ready for the new Pre –Action Protocol for Debt Claims, coming into force on 1 October 2017?  If you have missed this announcement, made by the Head of Civil Justice, The Right Honourable Sir Terence Etherton, now is the time to...

What Information Are Will Beneficiaries Entitled To?

Gemma Smith
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A lot of people are unsure as to whether they are entitled to see a copy of a will under which they benefit, and whether they are permitted so see any other documentation. Someone who is a trustee or personal representative may also be concerned to ensure...

Peter Jackson Explains The Stock Market

Peter Jackson
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Global stock and bond markets have had a good twelve months and many of them are at all time highs. From here, will they go higher or will there be falls or a correction? In stockmarket parlance, a correction is generally considered to be a pullback of 10%...

Accidents Abroad & What To Do

SherReene Cheah
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The summer break is over! The children are all back at school and most of us are now back at work.  What did you do during the long summer break?  Some of us may have been fortunate to have gone abroad for a planned family holiday.  Whilst...

Considerations When Carrying Out Alterations To A Leasehold Property

Andrew Beattie
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The question which is often asked by tenants is why they must obtain consent to carry out alterations to a leasehold property.  Ultimately the answer to this rests in the lease which will determine the relationship between the landlord and the tenant...